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  1. 2017 NHL China Games

    If they are going to do it, should be regular season games. I don't know about anyone else, but if the game doesn't count, I'm not really all that interested in going.
  2. Athanasiou Rumor

    It is a complicated issue, but the no tax thing doesn't really work if you just go and play the hockey season in Russia and live in Canada the rest of the year. There are various scenarios you can be in, of which I'm not an expert, but one is if you are out of the country for more than 181 days. I know a lot of people that have decided to go work in Bermuda....at least for a while. Their earnings in Bermuda are tax free (I think....if not tax free, very little tax, like 2.5%). The key though is that they needed to cut all ties in Canada (i.e. can't hold assets like property, can't have bank accounts, etc.).
  3. Athanasiou Rumor

    So, 58% more isn't "a lot?"
  4. Twilight years Zetterberg vs. Datsyuk

    We also have to remember that Zetterberg is 2 years younger than Datysuk, so in terms of longevity, he may stick around only 1 more year than Datsyuk assuming the 2 more years holds true.
  5. Leafs add more $$$

    There is still a rink there, just now closer to the top, with grocery store at bottom. Rink is used by Ryerson University i think. I get the naming rights thing, that's where all sporting arenas will end up, if not already there. I think MSG is the only one left in the NHL and that's unlikely to ever change. It's not the name itself that bothers me, it's that names are likely to change over time as new rights holders come into play. You don't necessarily have those iconic buildings anymore, perhaps that's less of an issue, because you really don't have the buildings around that long anymore either. The days of the Maple leafs playing from the Gardens for 70 years will never happen again. From what I've heard, it's the largest naming rights deal in NA sports history....didn't fact check that though.
  6. Athanasiou Rumor

    If there isn't a Crosby or McDavid in the draft, is picking #1 really that important though? I'd think getting a high pick is what you want, not necessarily number 1. Picking high will give you a better chance at getting a star, but I'm not sure there is a significant difference between 1-4 for example in most draft years.
  7. David Booth get PTO

    I haven't bothered to check, but I don't see why there would be a limit...it wouldn't make sense. You can't just choose to put someone on LTIR though. Well, I guess it is a choice, but the player has to be unable to play due to injury first. If they are in that situation, then it's a choice because if you expect the player to be able to play at some point, you may not want to go that route as all it gets you is the ability to exceed the cap by their salary, if they come back later, you have to make room for them under the cap.
  8. Leafs add more $$$

    Name change coming to arena, after this season will no longer be known as the Air Canada Centre, will become Scotiabank Arena. Deal is worth approximately $800M over 20 years, or $40M per year. http://www.tsn.ca/talent/mlse-agrees-to-record-arena-rights-deal-with-scotiabank-1.842133
  9. Which player(s) would you trade?

    It's not too bad actually....he is able to list 10 teams he won't be traded to....so team is free to trade him to any of the remaining 20 teams with no issue...if one of the other 10, then he'd need to bless the deal.
  10. Athanasiou Rumor

    Agreed, Holland has got the team in a tough spot regardless, but where they are vs. cap shouldn't impact what you sign a player for (shoudl be his value). So, even if there is no room to sign him for $2M, if that is the value, you sign him to that and then get to work figuring out your next move. The even scarier thing on my mind is......we have a team right now that is not very good, unlikely to make the playoffs again....how is it that such a team has no cap room? I know other teams are in similar spots, but when the team is bad, the hopes are at least that you aren't maxing out on payroll.
  11. Zetterberg's status in 2 years.

    I think there is even a bigger issue with the LTIR route. I could be totally wrong here, but here's what I assume happens. When a player retires with term left on their contract, they no longer get paid, they've retired. As everyone is aware, such a situation comes with cap implications for the team (not cash requirements) which are dependent on the specific situation. Player contracts are insured (nature of which will differ, again depending on specific circumstances). So, if a player has 2 years left on their contract, but is unable to play due to injury, they'd be put on LTIR and still collect salary (but not from team, from insurance company). The same points made above are valid in terms of the league being super suspicious here, but there's no way he goes on LTIR and gets paid via insurance unless he's legit unable to play.
  12. Athanasiou Rumor

    What if AA is asking for $5M? Not to defend Holland, but there is the other side to consider.
  13. Athanasiou Rumor

    Yes, but you still want to sign him to a reasonable deal, not just give him what he wants. The KHL has to be a negotiation ploy, but what's the point...how much effect would it really have? What 23 year old Canadian kid is going to go play in the KHL, especially now?
  14. Off-season moves

    Few thoughts on Zetterberg (in comparison to Datsyuk situation): 1) I'm not sure many felt he'd be finishing this contract when he signed it (was pretty borderline where NHL could have not accepted the deal if you ask me). Several others signed similar contracts (like Crosby and Ovechkin....but they were several years younger, so finishing the contracts were not really questions for them). 2) If he does leave before the end of his contract, would leave a bit of a bad taste in my mouth (if he's healthy), but not really that bad at all in contrast to Datsyuk's situation because of #1 above and because he'd leave not to go play somewhere else (assuming). 3) Having him go to LTIR in 2 years will be highly unlikely, would be met with significant scrutiny and likely wouldn't go through.
  15. Howard 2017 Starting Netminder

    I agree, goalies are different, but I think goalies' shelf lives are shorter, not longer. There are examples of goalies having great years later in their 30s, but those are few and far between I think and they are also more one offs (i.e. you don't typically see a string of several good years). This isn't backed up by any statistical analysis though.